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VITAS® Healthcare is hosting a Palliative Care CME symposium on Saturday, April 8, 2017. They will be discussing their initiatives with local EMS and hospital EDs.
Click the image below to download a PDF flier about the event!
Don’t miss this 60-minute online training, wherein you'll get a live Q&A with a nationally-recognized expert MACRA speaker to get your most pressing questions answered about this complex payment system. Here are the details:
What is it?: Painlessly Ace MIPS Base Requirements
IMPORTANT: MIPS applies to all physicians, PAs, NPs, CNSs and CRNAs regardless of their specialty or practice size. Essentially, if you report Medicare Part B services and aren't part of an Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM), you're on the hook for MIPS. That means correctly reporting your quality data is the only way to prevent cuts in your future Medicare payments.
Who is the Expert Speaker?: Jeanne Chamberlin, MA, FACMPE
When does it start?: Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Where can I sign up?: Register HERE
Sign up now and get expert answers to these questions, among many others:
This live online training will help you nail down your MIPS options and head off Medicare payment decreases from the start.
- How does MIPS change the Medicare payment model? And what will it do to my bottom line?
- Is 4% the maximum decrease? How can I make sure I get an increase instead?
- Am I a MIPS-qualified clinician? What does that mean?
- What is the MIPS "scoring" system, and how can I take advantage of it?
- I hear there are reporting options for 2017 ... is that really true?
- How should I choose my measures, and how many do I really need to report on?
- Is there a particular way I should submit my data, and is that important?
Don't face down the monstrous task of complying with MIPS on your own. Register for this online training session to get the proven strategies and tactics from the expert and avoid a payment reduction that could seriously impact your practice's success.
Dear FCEP Members,
This is official notice, per Bylaws, for call for 2017-2018 Councillors. FCEP has 18 councillor positions for 2017, 9 of which are currently filled.
If you are interested in serving as an FCEP Councillor for the 2017-2018 ACEP Council Meetings, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 15th.
Criteria to serve as an FCEP Councillor is as follows:
a. Member of the Chapter
b. Active involvement in Chapter as evidenced by committee membership and/or attendance at the meetings of the Board of Directors
c. Plans to attend Councillor meetings for at two (2)-year term.
New! Higher pay rates and generous sign-on bonus! Florida Emergency Physicians is looking for excellent EM Physicians to staff EDs near Orlando, FL. Comprehensive benefits package, leadership opportunities, and relocation assistance available. Send cover letter and resume to: Susan_Yarcheck@teamhealth.com.
Advanced Pediatric Life Support – Immersive Simulation Course
Friday & Saturday, June 9 & June 10, 2017
Nemours Children’s Hospital
13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
CLICK ON THE ABOVE FLIER IMAGE FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO REGISTER TODAY!
Discount registration price for FCEP members, Residents, Fellows, Nurses, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners.
Includes 3 hours of pediatric emergency and trauma related CEU/CME Credits.
Join us in learning a little ChildLIfe 101!
In light of current opioid concerns, there is a need for "tools" and resources to innovatively treat pain by nonpharmacologic measures alone or in combination with medications. All course materials are free access and can be adapted for your own ED, EMS, or hospital program.
When: Friday, April 21st, 2017
- Stepwise Approach to Pain Management
- Behavioral Responses to Pain by Developmental Stage (newborn to young adult)
- Conversation and Therapeutic Language
- Psychological & Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions
Distraction, guided imagery, coaching, music and more!
- Physical (sensory) Interventions
Comfort positioning, hot/cold treatments, pressure
- Distraction Toolbox Development and Components
- Case Scenarios, Videos, and Resources
Where: University of Florida College of Medicine/UF Health
Learning Resource Center Auditorium
655 West 8th St
Jacksonville FL 32209
Fee: No charge
Register now and receive a free sample Distraction Toolbox at the conference.
Visit: http://pami.emergency.med.jax.ufl.edu/ or call 904-244-8617 (Raina Davidman, EMT, LPN, MBA-project manager)
Course flyer: https://com-jax-emergency-pami.sites.medinfo.ufl.edu/files/2017/02/ChildLife-101-flyer-final.pdf
Save the dates and mark your calendar with all of FCEP's upcoming events!
Click here to see the 2016-2017 FCEP Annual Calendar!
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A team of engineering and medical researchers has found a way to use ultrasound to monitor fluid levels in the lung, offering a noninvasive way to track progress in treating pulmonary edema, which often occurs in patients with congestive heart failure. The approach, which has been demonstrated in rats, also holds promise for diagnosing scarring, or fibrosis, in the lung.
By Scott E. Rupp
Do you work in healthcare, or want to? You're on the path to seeing the money, Glassdoor reports. Here are the specifics: Physicians make the most of any profession in the U.S. The median base salary was $187,876, with 7,770 job openings for 2017. But there are others in healthcare who are close behind: pharmacy managers earn $149,064 median base salary; pharmacists average $125,847; physician assistants average $112,529 and nurse practitioners $104,144.
Medical News Today
Animal studies suggest that applying a cardiac patch made of a regenerative polymer scaffold onto the surface of the heart could be an effective way to preserve heart function after a heart attack. However, such a procedure would most likely require open-chest surgery, which is traumatic and presents a major barrier to it being used in human patients. Now, new research on mice suggests that "spray painting" biomaterials onto the heart using a minimally invasive procedure could be less risky and less costly, but just as effective.
The Clinical Pain Advisor
Buprenorphine/naloxone treatment initiated in the emergency department (ED) and prolonged for 10 weeks in primary care improved treatment engagement and reduced opioid use compared with referral or brief intervention.
"This study represents a new paradigm for ED-initiated treatment of opioid use disorder with referral for ongoing care," stated lead investigator Gail D'Onofrio, MD, in an interview with Clinical Pain Advisor.
Medical News Today
In a feat of medical and scientific coordination, clinicians across 138 hospitals in seven countries shared treatment protocols and harmonized data collection of three clinical trials resulting in the most comprehensive analysis to date on care for sepsis, the leading killer of hospital patients worldwide. The international evaluation was overseen by physicians at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, who expect the work to serve as a model for future research of this scale.
By Dr. Abimbola Farinde
The high costs of prescription drugs in the United States has been a prevalent topic of conversation within the last few years, and this largely aligns with the United States being recognized for paying the highest prices for drugs in the world. The U.S. reportedly spends almost $1,000 per person annually on drugs, which is about twice that of countries such as Germany and France. But these cost increases may be slowing down this year.
Managed Healthcare Executive
Today, there is increasing recognition of the need to address social and behavioral determinants of health to improve outcomes. Yet for members with chronic conditions, a behavioral health approach to care management often is lacking — and that’s a missed opportunity to improve value and outcomes.
We know that members with behavioral health issues have higher-than-average rates of emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations and readmissions.
A drug developed in the 1970s and never approved for human use by the FDA is emerging as a street-level drug now linked to multiple deadly overdoses across the country.
The drug, U-47700, also called “Pink” due to its color, is an opioid more potent than heroin.
Medscape (free login required)
A recent Medscape article examined rituals used by hospice staff and others who care for patients at the end of life. "Rituals are symbolic activities that can provide comfort, meaning, and support and relieve anxiety associated with uncertainties, such as those faced at the end of life," author Betty R. Ferrell, PhD, RN, wrote in the article. Such rituals can be a significant part of the healing process for patients and staff alike.
Using genetic testing to help personalize doses of warfarin therapy given to patients undergoing elective orthopedic surgery appears to lower the risk of combined adverse events compared with clinically guided dosing, according to research presented at the American College of Cardiology's 66th Annual Scientific Session. Researchers said these findings could have implications for a broad population of patients starting warfarin therapy.
Major abnormalities on an electrocardiogram may be useful for predicting the development of cardiovascular disease in adults with type 1 diabetes, according to findings published in Diabetes Care. Researchers evaluated data from the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial/Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (DCCT/EDIC) study on 1,306 adults (mean age, 35.5 years) with type 1 diabetes to determine the prevalence and incidence of ECG abnormalities with the development of CVD. Follow-up was a median of 19 years.
By Lynn Hetzler
A new study shows that outpatient clinicians prescribe macrolide antibiotics to treat community acquired pneumonia in most pediatric patients — even though established guidelines recommend amoxicillin in the majority of cases. In this retrospective cohort study, published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers reviewed the electronic health records of 31 pediatric primary care offices with the intent of identifying factors influencing clinicians' prescribing patterns.
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